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23/Oct/2021

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition that affects two out of every ten individuals who see a podiatrist. It can be painful and make standing or walking difficult. However, therapy is simple, and it is preventable.

Causes of an ingrown toenail

An ingrown toenail can have many causes:

  • A bruised toe
  • Congenital (shape of your foot).
  • Repeated pressure on the toenails as a result of playing some sports or having a fungal infection or psoriasis.
  • Thick or curved toenails.
  • Trimming of the nails incorrectly, such as cutting the nail too short at the corners.

The big toe is the most often affected, and an ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows in a curved path toward the skin as a result of cutting toenails at the wrong angle.

It can affect anyone, but patients who are suffering from the following diseases are more susceptible:

  • Severe nerve damage in your foot.
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Infection around the nail.

Symptoms of a nail infection

An ingrown toenail can cause your toe to become red, painful, and swollen, but bacteria can enter if the toenail grows into the skin or if the skin grows over the edge of the nail! Furthermore, the nail may become infected.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail infection include:

  • Fluid or pus drains from the toe.
  • Redness or darkening of the area.
  • Feeling of warmth or warmth in the toe.

Ingrown toenail home treatment

  • Soaking the feet in warm water 3 to 4 times a day, which helps soften the skin around the toe and prevents nail growth in it.
  • Keep your feet dry.
  • Wear wide, comfortable shoes and avoid narrow and pointed shoes.
  • To relieve pain, use paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Do not trim your toenails and let them grow.

When do you consult a podiatrist?

First, do not try to cut the ingrown nail yourself, because it may get worse, seek the podiatrist for help. While an ingrown toenail can be treated at home, you should see a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center if:

  • The condition did not improve after following the mentioned home remedies.
  • Your toe is very painful, swollen, and oozing with pus.
  • You have a high temperature or feel hot or shivering.
  • You have diabetes, which makes foot issues more serious.

Do you need to have surgery?

In most situations, an ingrown toenail does not require surgery, but in severe cases, a podiatrist may need to surgically remove part of the nail. He will inject an anesthetic into your toe. It may take several months for the nail to regrow. After surgery, the patient will be able to resume regular activities within two days. However, you should ask your doctor about when you may resume sports like running.

Prevention

Fortunately, the following steps can help prevent an ingrown toenail

  • Soak the nail in warm water before cutting it or cut it after taking a bath.
  • Clean the nail clipper before using it.
  • Wear appropriate shoes that provide enough room at the toes.
  • Avoid injuring the sides of the nails.
  • If you have diabetes, follow all foot care tips.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.

Remember that even if your feet and nails are in a healthy condition, you will need to visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center to trim your nails and remove calluses professionally. It is also recommended for those who have difficulty taking care of their feet and nails, for example, as a result of difficulty reaching their feet due to problems in their feet. their joints.


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23/Oct/2021

Health and Style Medical Center is a leading foot clinic in the field of foot care and treatment. Our team consists of well qualified podiatrists who offer comprehensive foot and ankle treatment. They also diagnose and treat common foot and ankle problems using the latest technology. As a result, podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center can help all patients.

Our medical team treats each case individually, tailoring the treatment plan to the unique demands and lifestyle of the patient, while also offering specialized care, on the basis of the belief that there is no one treatment that works for everyone. The staff is also committed to assisting all patients in returning to their favorite activities by delivering the best podiatric treatment.

Why choose our foot clinic?

We guarantee that we will do our best to ensure that you are satisfied with your visit and that you receive the treatment and care you need. To achieve this, we are always searching for innovative treatment methods and technology, as well as evaluating the benefits they bring to you.

Our team will provide general foot care advice and can help you with many medical conditions such as corn removal, Ingrown toenails, and thickened nails. Furthermore, we provide the following services:

  • Foot health check.
  • Comprehensive foot care.
  • Diabetic foot care.
  • Medical foot care.
  • Foot care for all family members, regardless of age.
  • Various treatment options for foot orthotics.
  • Performing foot surgery (simple procedures)
  • Gait and postural analysis.
  • Computerized assessment
  • Biomechanics insoles & orthotics

Our foot clinic also offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic services.
  • Connecting with Malaffi to ensure that we provide you with a superior service.
  • Accepting most insurance plans.
  • The ability to book an appointment via WhatsApp.

In your first visit

The podiatrist will:

  • Perform gait analysis, if applicable.
  • Carry out a biomechanical and range of motion testing, if applicable.
  • Take your full medical history.
  • Provide a diagnosis.
  • Develop a treatment plan.

Why do you need to take special care of your feet?

Foot care and visits to the foot clinic are not a luxury, and you should visit our foot clinic in Health and Style Medical Center regularly even if you do not have a specific problem, because the feet provide stability and balance, as well as absorb shocks, so that the rest of the body is not affected during movement.

You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer; we have a remedy for foot problems and we look forward to treating your feet and seeing you happy, satisfied, and healthy soon at all times.


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23/Oct/2021

Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet. As a result, 1 out of every 10 diabetes patients gets foot ulcers, which can lead to serious problems if left untreated.

Diabetes’s effect on the feet

Diabetes can cause many serious foot problems such as:

  • Poor blood circulation: leading to severe coldness, cramps, tingling, or a burning sensation.
  • Neuropathy: impairs the ability to feel pain, pressure, and feeling. However, the patient may have severe aches, particularly at night.
  • Infection: cuts and scrapes are often slow to heal and become easily infected.
  • Soreness: most often caused by wearing poor-fitting shoes. Diabetes may change the shape of the foot, resulting in the need for specialized shoes.

Many people with diabetes are concerned about gangrene. Although gangrene is rare, it is especially dangerous for neglected diabetic foot problems.

Keep your feet healthy

  • Wash them daily with warm water.
  • Pat them gently with a soft towel, especially between the toes.
  • Do not soak your feet for more than 5 minutes.
  • Moisturize your feet daily if they are dry; however, do not put the cream between your toes.
  • Check your feet daily to verify that there are no sores or discharges, and ask someone or use a mirror if you need assistance.
  • Apply a bandage to any sores and consult a podiatrist if they take longer than expected to heal.
  • Maintain normal blood glucose levels.

Foot care tips

  • Schedule a yearly physical examination with your doctor and visit him if you have symptoms such as numbness.
  • Keep your feet clean and protected from infection.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes because improper footwear can cause calluses, calluses, sores, and nail problems.
  • Take care of wounds and ulcers.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Keep your nails trimmed.
  • Visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center to treat call uses or hard skin.
  • Quit smoking because it impairs blood circulation causing serious foot problems.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly to help control diabetes and reduce the risk of developing foot problems.

When do you consult a doctor?

You should see a doctor immediately if:

  • You see cracks in your foot’s skin or a discharge pouring from the wound.
  • Change in the color of the skin over part or all of the foot.
  • You notice additional swelling in your foot where a blister or damage has occurred.
  • There is redness or swelling around the ulcer.

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23/Oct/2021

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone and withstands a great deal of strain and pressure during daily activities as well as sports activities. It also helps to walk on your toes and drive your foot forward, so you rely on it mostly while walking or moving your feet.

Achilles tendon ruptures affect the back of the lower leg and occur when the Achilles tendon is overstretched. It usually affects athletes, although it may affect anyone. When the Achilles tendon ruptures, you may hear a popping sound followed by severe pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg, making it difficult to walk.

Symptoms

You may not have any symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture; however, you will most likely experience the following:

  • Feeling like you’ve been kicked in the back of your leg.
  • Severe pain and swelling near the ankle.
  • Inability to bend the foot down.
  • You cannot stand on your toes on the injured leg.
  • A popping sound occurs when the injury occurs.

Causes

The blood flow to Achilles tendon is poor, making it more susceptible to injury and limiting its ability to heal. An abrupt increase in pressure on the tendon is a typical cause of the rupture. It also happens when:

  • Increased intensity of sports activities, particularly activities involving jumping.
  • Falling from a height.
  • Taking a step into a hole.

Factors that increase the risk

  • Men are five times more likely than women to suffer an Achilles tendon rupture.
  • Ruptures are more common between the ages of 30 and 40.
  • Playing sports like football, basketball, and tennis.
  • Taking antibiotics contain fluoroquinolone.
  • Overweight and obesity increase the pressure on the tendon.

Treatment of Achilles tendon

Your doctor will choose the best treatment for you based on numerous variables, including your age, the activities you participate in, and the severity of the injury. Usually, younger, more active people tend to have surgery to repair a complete rupture, while older people prefer nonsurgical treatments option.

Non-surgical treatment

Includes:

  • Rest and use of crutches.
  • Putting ice on the affected area.
  • Take pain relievers.
  • Avoid moving your ankle during the first few weeks, usually using a medical device.

Nonsurgical treatment avoids the risks associated with surgery, such as infection, although recovery may take longer.

Surgery

The procedure involves stitching the torn tendon. Depending on the condition, repair may be enhanced with other tendons.

Complications can include infection and nerve damage.

Achilles tendon Rehabilitation

After any treatment, you’ll do physical therapy exercises to strengthen your leg muscles and Achilles tendon, and most people are back to their previous activity level within six months.

You may schedule an appointment at Health and Style Medical Center right now to receive the care you need.


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23/Oct/2021

  1. There is no need to treat flat feet if they are not causing any problem.
  2. Flat feet usually do not cause any problem.
  3. Flat feet should not prevent you from doing any activities, including sports!
  4. Flat feet are rarely a sign of serious diseases
  5. Children’s feet usually remain flat until about six years old.
  6. Flat feet are one of the most frequent conditions in children, affecting 90% of children by the age of one year.
  7. Flat feet are caused by increased flexibility of the foot’s joints and ligaments.
  8. It can cause pain in the arch of the foot and ankle after prolonged standing or walking; in these cases, arch supports can help alleviate the symptoms.
  9. Surprisingly, it does not affect the growth of the foot.
  10. Experiencing discomfort or numbness in your feet.
  • Repeated foot or ankle injuries.
  • You have problems walking or balancing
  • You have recently had flat feet
  • Only affects one foot
  1. How a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center can help you
  • Will help you choose shoes that are a good fit for you.
  • Will advise you to use a shoe sole to support your feet.
  • Suggest foot exercises for you.
  • Prescribe analgesics.

These tips will help in treating pain and/or stiffness, but they won’t change the shape of your feet. But if you have a problem with the bones, tissues, or muscles in your foot, a podiatrist may recommend surgery.

 


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23/Oct/2021

At first, you should know that sprained ankle does not just happen to athletes! it can happen to anyone, but athletes are more likely to have it. Ankle sprains account for around 25% of all sports injuries.

Risk factors

There are factors that may increase the risk of sprained ankle, including:

  • Playing sports.
  • Walking or running on uneven surfaces.
  • A prior ankle injury.
  • Wearing high-heeled shoes.
  • Exercising without warming up.
  • Muscle tension.
  • Stretching too much.

Ankle sprain symptoms

Symptoms of sprained ankle depend on the severity, symptoms may include:

  • Pain around the ankle
  • Swollen ankle
  • Inability to bear weight on your ankle
  • Having muscle spasms

How is an ankle sprain diagnosed?

The doctor will examine your ankle and may request an X-ray or other imaging tests to ensure that no bone fractures or other injuries have occurred.

Ankle sprain treatment

Most cases of ankle sprains recover within two weeks of following these tips:

  • Rest for up to two weeks.
  • Stop any exercise or activity and try not to bear any weight on your ankle.
  • Applying an ice pack to your ankle every two to three hours.
  • Support your ankle by wrapping a bandage around it.
  • Raise your feet on a pillow.
  • Avoid taking hot baths.
  • Taking pain medications such as Paracetamol or applying ibuprofen gel to reduce swelling.

Prevention

  • Perform ankle strengthening exercises to maintain your muscles strong.
  • Never skip warming up.
  • Take care while walking on an even surface.
  • Avoid muscle strain.
  • Use lace-up ankle braces.
  • Wear shoes that are appropriate for what you are going to do.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes as much as possible.

Complications

Recurring sprains, not properly treating a sprained ankle, or resuming normal activities too soon after an injury might result in the following complications:

  • Chronic ankle pain
  • Chronic ankle joint damage
  • Ankle Arthritis

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23/Oct/2021

A corn or callus is an area of hard skin that develops as a result of increased pressure on that area such as standing or rubbing with shoes, but some people naturally tend to form corns because of their skin type.

Facts about corns and calluses:

  • They often appear on feet and hands.
  • Corns are small lumps of hard skin.
  • Calluses are larger patches of thick skin.
  • Both corn and callus could be painful.

Causes of injury

  • Wearing high heels, uncomfortable shoes, or shoes of the wrong size.
  • Not wearing socks with shoes.
  • Lifting heavy weights.
  • Playing some musical instruments.

Tips help to treat callus and corn

  1. Wear thick, padded socks.
  2. Wear loose, comfortable shoes with low heels and a comfortable sole.
  3. Avoid wearing high heels or narrow, pointed shoes
  4. Use heel pads.
  5. Soften rough skin on your feet by soaking them in warm water.
  6. Regularly use a pumice stone or foot file to remove hard skin.
  7. Moisturize your skin to keep skin smooth.
  8. Do not walk long distances or stand for long periods.
  9. Avoid walking barefoot.
  10. Use Over-the-counter products to treat calluses and corns. You can use pain reliever when necessary.

See your podiatrist

A podiatrist will help you treat corns and calluses by:

  • Using bandages or medications to soften the hard skin and make it simpler to remove.
  • Using specially designed soft pads or insoles to relieve pressure on the affected area.
  • Removing the corn or callus. The podiatrist may cut the thicker skin with a scalpel to help relieve pressure on the tissues. Do not attempt to remove callus/corn on your own as this might aggravate the discomfort and cause infection.

You should see a doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • You have diabetes.
  • Having a problem with blood circulation or heart disease.
  • If the callus/corn is bleeding or contains pus or discharges.
  • The callus/corn did not improve despite being treated at home for 3 weeks.
  • The pain is severe or stops you from carrying out your normal activities.

Call us on 026330515 or 0555116072 to book a medical appointment with a podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Center.


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23/Oct/2021

The disease of kings?! & Tips to prevent further attacks

Historically, Gout was called the “disease of kings” because they were more likely to have it, due to their eating habits!

So, what’s gout?

Gout is a common type of arthritis, in which small crystals of uric acid are formed in the body fluids, tissues & joints usually the big toe joint, these crystals are formed as a result of hyperuricemia (high uric acid level). Surprisingly, not all patients with hyperuricemia suffer from gout! Sometimes gout symptoms get worse suddenly & flares happen followed by a long period of remission.

Symptoms may include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat

Factors that increase the risk of getting gout

  • Obesity
  • Having certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes & poor kidney function
  • Taking certain medications, such as diuretics.
  • Eating or drinking high fructose foods or drinks.
  • Following high purines diet by eating too much red meat, salmon & tuna.

Treatment

Usually, there is no need to treat hyperuricemia if you don’t have gout symptoms. Treatment is used to relieve symptoms during gout attacks or to prevent further ones, treatment options may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Colchicine
  • Medicines that help in lowering uric acid in the blood

How can you prevent further gout attacks?

Suddenly, lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet & avoid foods high in purines.
  • Exercise 150 minutes weekly including walking & cycling.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Weight loss, since achieving and maintaining weight may lead to weight loss.

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23/Oct/2021

Vitamin D and bone health… What is the relationship?!

You’ve probably heard a lot about vitamin D’s function in strengthening your immunity and protecting you from illnesses during the last year, but is that all it does? Actually, no, as vitamin D plays a role in promoting your overall health thus, vitamin D deficiency may affect your health & the activities you do since it protects you from many diseases & regulates calcium & phosphate in the body to maintain healthy bones, teeth & muscles.

Despite all of Vitamin D’s surprising benefits, we are going to focus on its role in maintaining healthy bone. Vitamin D is essential for good bone health. People with vitamin D deficiency have a higher risk of osteoporosis, therefore they are more likely to have bone fractures.

Are you vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, which explains why you are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency if you do not get enough sunlight, and of course, this possibility increased after working from home. However, it is recommended to take vitamin D daily throughout the year if you:

  • Spend most of your time at home.
  • Wear clothes that cover most of your skin when you go out.
  • Are African or South Asian, your body may not make enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Vitamin D sources

  • Exposure to sunlight, helps your body make vitamin D.
  • Eating foods rich in vitamin D such as red meat & salmon.
  • Taking vitamin D supplements daily such as Provita D 3 tablets.
  • Visiting Health and Style Medical Center where they offer free vitamin D injections.

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23/Oct/2021

Manage athlete’s foot & tips for prevention

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection of the feet, that can affect anyone! but athletes are more vulnerable to have it since their feet are usually sweety & damp which encourages tinea pedis to grow.
Symptoms of tinea pedis include:

  • Redness
  • Cracked skin
  • Stinging
  • Itching

Symptoms usually appear between the toes.

9 tips for athletes’ foot

  1. Dry your feet, especially between toes.
  2. Use a separate towel for your feet.
  3. Take your shoes off when you are at home.
  4. Wear cotton socks & change them every day.
  5. Avoid rubbing or scratching the affected skin to avoid transmission of infection.
  6. Don’t walk barefoot in public areas like swimming pools.
  7. Don’t share towels, socks, or shoes.
  8. Avoid wearing the same shoes for more than two days in a row.
  9. Wear breathable shoes.

Treatment

Tinea pedis treatment usually takes two weeks, and you can seek the help of a pharmacist to prescribe the appropriate medications. But you will need to see a doctor if:

  • You do not feel better after using the treatment prescribed by the pharmacist.
  • Your foot is red and painful.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have had an organ transplant or are undergoing chemotherapy.

Protection

Tinea pedis can be prevented by taking simple steps such as:

  • Wash your feet daily with soap & water then dry them well, especially between the toes.
  • Wear flip-flops in public bathrooms.
  • Use talcum powder to reduce sweating.
  • Wear breathable shoes.
  • Change shoes & socks regularly.

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